Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Protecting grassland, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

Grassland tours for CFA members, contractors and roadside managers

The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) in conjunction with DELWP & CFA will be conducting bus tours of roadside native grasslands on the Victorian Volcanic Plain on Sunday October 18 (Colac) and Monday October 19 (Bannockburn). These tours will focus on roadside management where burning plays a key role in maintaining the quality of the grassland.

The bus trip is open to anyone interested in the management of roadsides, especially those who are CFA members, local government or VicRoads contractors and local landholders with properties that border on significant roadside reserves.

Please RSVP by 13 October or you may miss out. There are 2 tours planned for the Glenelg CMA area in November.

These tours are part of the Federally funded Linear Reserves Project where there is a focus on improving the management of significant grassland remnants on road and rail reserves and supporting the work of CFA and local government.


Benefits of leaving a legacy

Are you interested in protecting the biodiversity values on your property for the long term? Trust for Nature is running a workshop on 14 November to provide landholders with information about the trust and highlight the merits of protecting biodiversity via covenanting.

The focus is on landowners particularly in the Werribee/Lerderderg River catchments and/or surrounding basalt plains so if you know anyone who may be interested please let them know about the workshop. After the workshop you may like to visit the Werribee Gorge which is just down the road.

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Small grants available for freehold land on the VVP

Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA)is calling for applications for Victorian Volcanic Plains Small Grants. Victorian Volcanic Plains (VVP) Small Grants were launched by Environment Minister Greg Hunt on Friday 25th September. The grants are funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

These grants are available for land managers for onground works on freehold land to protect and manage remnant vegetation and wetlands on the VVP as well as being available to groups for engagement activities to build awareness and capacity around VVP natural assets.

Closing date for applications is 6 November 2015. This is the first year of a three year program, application forms and guidelines may be accessed on the Corangamite CMA website.

Wildlife Tourism Conference – Geelong

Here is your last chance to register for all or part of the  3rd wildlife tourism conference. This event is on next week in Geelong 28 September to 2 October, so you need to book now. Lots of interesting speakers and the Volcanic Dreaming display will be on show which focuses on the VVP grasslands.

6th Biennial Weed Conference – call for abstracts

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The Executive Committee of the Weed Society of Victoria Inc. is pleased to invite submissions of abstracts from speakers interested in presenting at the 6th Biennial Weed Conference.

Call for Abstracts – closing date 30th October 2015

“Celebrating 50 Years of Invasive Species Management in Victoria – Our Past, Present and Future”

Event details: 7th-9th June, 2016, Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick.

MORE INFORMATION AND UPDATES: and use the search term “6th biennial”. The conference is dedicated to the 50th birthday celebrations of the society. The conference theme is past, present and future – history of invasive species management in Victoria, current work, and applying lessons of the past to plan for the future.

Acknowledging that many stakeholders also work with invasive animals, speakers are invited to discuss
issues, experiences and knowledge on invasive plant and/or animal science and management. Accepted
papers will be published in peer-reviewed proceedings to be distributed to all conference attendees,
selected papers will also be published in the Australian journal Plant Protection Quarterly.

Weed Society of Victoria conferences and seminars attract a wide range of attendees including land
managers, scientists, community and volunteer groups, management officers and advisors, government,
contractors and all people with an interest in invasive species.


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